Dental Implant Failure & Salvage – Oklahoma City, OK

Saving Your Newly Rebuilt Smile

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While other tooth replacement options may have limitations, dental implants have remarkable longevity, often proving successful even after ten years. Although exceedingly rare, there are instances where dental implants may face challenges. But don’t worry! Our dental implant failure and salvage treatment in Oklahoma City can potentially resolve the situation, restoring your implant and reviving your smile to its optimal state. Continue reading or give us a call to learn more!

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

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The primary reason for dental implant failure is peri-implantitis, an infection that damages the connective tissue around the implant, compromising the underlying jawbone structure. This condition is often a result of poor oral hygiene practices, such as infrequent brushing, flossing, or the presence of gum disease.

Additionally, dental implants may face challenges due to:

  • Trauma or injury
  • Tobacco use
  • Complications with osseointegration
  • Allergic reactions
  • Sinus issues
  • Existing medical conditions

Symptoms of a Failed Dental Implant

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Dental implants have the potential to fail at any stage. Early implant failure may occur within the initial 3-to-6-month healing period following your surgery. However, later-stage failures can manifest years or even decades after the initial treatment. Regular checkups at our dental office play a crucial role in early detection, but it's also important to be vigilant for these common indicators of a potential implant issue:

  • Intense pain or discomfort
  • Receding gums around the implant
  • A loose or shifting implant
  • Difficulty chewing in or around the affected area
  • Swollen gums
  • Teeth grinding
  • Sudden allergic reactions
  • Noticeable micro-movements in the implant

How Dental Implant Salvage Works

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If you're worried about your dental implants, don't hesitate to contact us right away. Timely attention is crucial to prevent more severe issues and higher costs associated with untreated complications. Addressing concerns early offers the best chance of successfully preserving your dental implant.

During your visit, we'll conduct a comprehensive examination and discuss your symptoms. In some cases, we can employ conservative measures like deep cleaning and antibiotics to potentially save the implant from complications. Yet, if the damage is extensive, implant removal may be necessary. After restoring your oral health, which may involve bone grafting, we may explore the possibility of placing a new dental implant.